Their largest commercial success came quite a few years later in 1984 when the album In Rock We Trust was released. This album holds their first radio triumph, Don’t Stop Runnin’ and also reached #46 on the Billboard 200. Don’t Stop Runnin’ was the first song I had ever heard by Y&T and I’ll never forget the first time I heard it (thanks to SiriusXM Hair Nation). However, their biggest commercial hit came with the album Down For The Count, and if you ever had your eyes on MTV in the 80’s, you’re sure to have heard Summertime Girls. This song, in comparison to their other work, had a slightly more poppy feel to it- likely why it was such a huge radio hit. If you’re ever in the situation where you’re driving down the highway with all the windows down, Summertime Girls is the song to blare. Reaching #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, Summertime Girls is by far their highest charting hit to date.
Albums such as Earthshaker, Black Tiger and Mean Streak have defined Y&T as a hard hitting rock band with undeniable talent- regardless of changing lineups. Their latest album Facemelter may be some of their best work yet. This 2010 release is nothing to bat an eye at and is by far their heaviest work and a personal favorite of mine. The album features late bassist Phil Kenmore, who unfortunately passed away of cancer in the following year; as well as vocalist Dave Meneketti, guitarist John Nymann and drummer Mike Vanderhule. Luckily, bassist Brad Lang was able to join the band in their time of need and fulfill all musical and touring obligations of the time- and he’s been with the band ever since (five years and counting).
Lead vocalist Dave Meneketti’s voice is seriously in the holy grail of live performers and his talent is beyond question. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Y&T twice within the past two years and I plan to see them as often as possible. Y&T is one of those bands that if you do get the chance to see them live- you need to see them live. The shows tend to be on the smaller side, making for a loud and intense sound, all while being in a very relaxed and intimate environment. The band recently started and successfully ended a Kickstarter in order to fund their documentary which should be released around March of 2016. They raised a total of 58,743.00 from 772 backers- and I’ve never been so happy to spend money in my entire life. Each backer received some form of a thank you for their gratuity, be it a signed DVD of the documentary all the way to wine tastings with Dave and his wife, Jill.
The band is still out touring and rocking the world, and an album is rumored to be in the works with a possible release date next year. You can check out everything you need to know about Y&T here and you can follow them on Twitter @YandTRocks. Words can hardly describe how amazing this band truly is and it’s clear to see that they’re all in it for the sake of rock and roll, with commercial interest aside. So, go out, grab a few of your closest friends and take a trip to a Y&T show- they are guaranteed to impress.